Mark Wolf to step down as chief US judge
But will continue in senior status
US District Court Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf, who has presided over some of the most high-profile cases the state has seen in recent years, announced this morning that he will retire from full-time status effective Jan. 1, after 27 years on the bench. Wolf said in a letter to President Barack Obama that he will take senior status at the beginning of 2013, when his rotating tenure as chief judge for the district of Massachusetts ends. US District Court Judge Patti B. Saris is slated to become the next chief judge.